Gothic Mitten Gauntlet for the Right Hand

Gothic Mitten Gauntlet for the Right Hand

c. 1490

Steel

Overall: 32 x 9.5 cm (12 5/8 x 3 3/4 in.)

Weight: 320 g (11.29 oz.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.2081

Did you know?

Embossed decoration adds beauty to this gauntlet that would have protected the hand.

Description

The forging of steel, a very hard material, into precisely fitted, interconnected plates was a task that required great skill and patience. The elements of a suit were never riveted directly together which would make them inflexible. Instead they slightly overlapped and were attached by different types of rivets.

See also
Collection: 
MED - Arms & Armor
Department: 
Medieval Art
Type of artwork: 
Arms and Armor
Medium: 
Steel

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